What does the National Grid’s SNAPS review mean for sustainable energy providers?

The SNAPS (System Needs and Product Strategy) consultation took place last July, to understand the views of the balancing services market. The main issues identified included: there high number of products which providers could tender for; the poor clarity over what each product was attempting to address; and the poor clarity with regards to contracts. […]

UK gas supply shortage eases

National Grid has withdrawn its gas shortage warning issued yesterday following an increase in supply. It had issued the warning, saying it may not have enough supply to meet demand as a result of the cold snap. The grid operator is currently not expecting to issue another warning today following the withdrawal at 4.45am this […]

National Grid warns UK is running out of gas

National Grid has issued a warning it may not have enough gas to meet UK demand today as the cold snap continues. It is in response to a series of “significant supply losses resulting in a forecast end of day supply deficit”. Big businesses and industry that use a lot of gas could be asked […]

UK watchdog rejects SSE, EDF’s appeal on transmission charges

The competition watchdog has dismissed EDF and SSE’s appeal against Ofgem’s decision on transmission charges. In 2016, SSE had requested a change to industry rules about charges paid by electricity generators for using the transmission system, which would have resulted in them receiving a £120 million rebate from National Grid. It argued generators in Britain […]

Oil and gas gains spark power curve

Keep up to date with energy market changes over the last 7 days with the Haven Power market report. It’s particularly relevant if you’re buying electricity flexibly, or about to sign or renew a fixed electricity contract. Getting these decisions right can reduce your vulnerability to price-peaks in the wholesale market and save you money. […]

National Grid opens consultation on ESO role

National Grid is seeking views on its plans for its new, legally separate company to carry out electricity system operator (ESO) functions over the next year. It has produced a draft Forward Plan following “extensive” customer and stakeholder engagement throughout 2017/18. The grid operator says the consultation sets out how it proposes to “meet the […]

Royal opening for £1bn ‘energy superhighway’ in London

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have officially opened a new electricity superhighway in London, which supplies power from below the capital’s streets. National Grid’s £1 billion London Power Tunnels project to rewire the capital consists of 200km of high voltage power cables inside a network of 32km of tunnels. They run from […]

National Grid: ‘Involvement in flexible grid tech surges forward’

Participation and involvement in demand side flexibility (DSF) technologies is increasingly steadily. That’s according to National Grid’s Power Responsive report, which charts the successes, challenges and opportunities presented by adaptive, decentralised energy solutions coming onto the UK’s electricity grid. It says 2017 saw growing interest in domestic-level demand side flexibility, including areas such as the […]

Murphy snaps up Carillion’s UK power business

Collapsed construction and facilities management giant Carillion’s UK power business has been sold for an undisclosed sum. J Murphy & Sons is taking over Carillion’s position on National Grid’s electricity overhead lines, substations and underground cable framework contracts. It will work with the grid operator to deliver planned replacement and refurbishment schemes on their 33kV […]

Manchester-based smart energy startup secures £5.5m

A smart energy startup based in Manchester has secured investment totalling £5.5 million. Upside Energy received the financial support to grow its team and speed up commercialisation and deployment of its cloud-based smart grid platform. Its platform aggregates the energy stored in everyday connected devices, such as batteries and hot water tanks, to create a […]